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Perfect lunch. Romantic dinner. Oh, and a dance studio.

  • 14 May 2013

Gents: whither the perfect date spot?

A spot that impresses with food and ambience, but isn’t oppressively haute. Or hip. Or – quelle horreur! – overproduced. A spot that just gets out of your way.

That spot is Paper or Plastik. It’s in Pico Hauser. It’s one of LA’s lesser-known dining gems, and they’re now serving dinner.

By day, Paper or Plastik is a breezy sun-drenched room where writers pretend not to notice the long-fingered ladies conversing over farm-to-table fare.

By night, the exposed brick walls and junkyard chic furniture create a warm, almost-on-your-own-patio vibe.

The menu is by a former Campanile chef, and you’re going to want the burger — a grass-fed patty covered in melted Gruyère and a red onion marmalade so tasty you’ll forget to ask for ketchup.

The rest of the menu includes delicious market salads and a house-made pasta slathered in a cream and sage butter sauce.


The prix fixe menu ($29), offered Thursday-Saturday, changes weekly with items like beef carpaccio, lamb chops, steamed mussels in a green garlic broth and blood orange panna cotta.


And a succinct list of terroir-driven wines and craft beers will make you feel right cozy.

Which is how you want to be.

Nota bene: PoP’s owners also run the dance studio in the back, and they have events like comedy shows and classical concerts (check the schedule).

Main image from Kelly Hu

The Specifics

Paper or Plastik

5772 West Pico
corner of Ogden
(323) 935-0268

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